Wisconsin Budget Bill Set to Come Before Assembly

Wisconsin legislators’ plan to balance the state’s budget is largely written and is set to come before the Assembly Wednesday, June 15. GOP lawmakers and Governor Scott Walker agree on the outlines of the bill that will close a $3 billion deficit in the state’s main account over the next two years by holding the […]

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Voter ID Bill Becomes Law

Gov. Scott Walker recently signed into law legislation – Assembly Bill 7 – which requires voters to present identification before they vote. The law also ends straight ticket voting and strengthens absentee voter requirements. The law requires that anyone voting in a particular district must have resided in that district for 28 days. Previously, living […]

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Joint Finance Committee Passes Budget Bill; Legislature to Vote Soon

The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) voted along party-lines (12-4) passing the 2011-13 budget bill. The final two nights were marred by protestors disrupting the proceedings. Below is a snapshot of some of the changes made by the JFC to Gov. Scott Walker’s original bill: A provision that creates a domestic production tax credit for manufacturers […]

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on Collective Bargaining Bill

The Wisconsin Supreme Court heard arguments today on whether to take up a lawsuit over the Wisconsin collective bargaining law (2011 WI Act 10).   The Wisconsin Supreme Court heard both the appeal of the Wisconsin Department of Justice on the original temporary restraining order (TRO) as well has final decision released by the Dane […]

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Major Changes Made to Wisconsin’s Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance Law

Governor Scott Walker recently signed into law 2011 Wisconsin Act 14, which largely returns Wisconsin’s automobile insurance laws to their status before changes were made in the budget last legislative session. The requirement to purchase automobile insurance, however, was retained. The new law reduces the minimum mandatory liability coverage to $25,000 for each person, $50,000 […]

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Assembly Passes Voter ID Bill – Heads to Senate for Vote Next Week

The Wisconsin Assembly this week passed legislation that would require voters going to the polls to present proof of identification. Under Assembly Bill 7, the following types of identification would be allowed to verify the voter’s residency status: 1) an operator’s license issued by the Department of Transportation (DOT); 2) an identification card issued by […]

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Legislation Would Allow Right to Carry Concealed Weapons

Sen. Pam Galloway (R-Wausau) this week introduced two bills that would allow individuals to carry concealed weapons. One would require a license to carry a concealed weapon while the other would not. Currently, those caught with a concealed weapon face a $10,000 fine and nine-month jail term. Senate Bill 90 would require an individual to […]

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Senate Recalls Beginning to Take Shape

If it seems that election season in Wisconsin is never-ending, that would be a reasonable inference. Voters just had a statewide election for the Wisconsin Supreme Court (see below for more information) along with three elections to fill vacancies in the Assembly. What’s more, the Wisconsin Senate could face up to nine recall elections this […]

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Legislative Special Election Results

Special elections were held last week on May 3 to fill the seats of three legislators who resigned to take jobs within the Walker Administration. In Assembly District 94, which covers rural La Crosse County and parts of Monroe County, Democrat Steve Doyle beat Republican challenger John Lautz, 54 to 46 percent. Doyle, the current […]

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Governor Walker Signs Act 14: Repeals Auto Insurance Minimum Coverage Mandate

Governor Scott Walker recently signed Act 14, which repeals the auto insurance minimum coverage mandate put in place by the previous administration. As reported in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Republicans, who now control state government, argue that the higher coverage requirements enacted as part of then-Gov. Jim Doyle’s 2009-’11 budget are raising insurance costs for […]

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